Ten reasons to go to the Cambridge Summer Music Festival

The Festival’s Media Partner, the Cambridge Independent, gives ten great reasons to block out July 5-21 in your diary.

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  • Beautiful performance spaces: Cambridge has some of the world’s most iconic architecture and more than its fair share of chapels and churches with glorious acoustics.
  • Famous names: Distinguished musicians performing this year include pianist Joanna MacGregor, trumpeter Crispian Steel-Perkins accompanied by organist and festival director David Hill, the Gould Piano Trio  and the Brodsky Quartet.
  • Rising stars such as 2017 Cardiff singer of the world Catriona Morison and Radio 3 New Generation artist Ashley Riches
  • Free lunchtime concerts held in central locations so that you can pop in during the lunch hour
  • The chance to join in at a ‘come and sing’ open rehearsal with Armonico Consort
  • Silent movie night: Buster Keaton’s ‘The General’ with live improvised organ accompaniment
  • Music to set toes tapping
 including Scottish fiddle group Blazin’ Fiddles, singer/song writer Joe Stilgoe, and saxophone/clarinet quartet Simply Reeds
  • Music in the open air: The Festival’s popular open air concert series Sounds Green returns to the Cambridge Botanic Garden each Wednesday evening throughout July
  • Pre-festival events: including a farewell concert by the Schubert Ensemble and talk on the ‘State of the Arts’ by Festival Patron Lord Chris Smith
  • Post-festival event: Banish the post-Festival blues with the Aurora Orchestra’s concert on 4 August, including Shostakovich’s 9th Symphony performed from memory!